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 Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 April Meon Springs - Country Experience Day A day out in the countryside for all the family with fun trying countryside sports such as fishing and shooting with tuition, archery and air rifles. The main arena will be buzzing with activities and demonstrations.You can jump on a tractor and trailer to go over to the farm, or to take a wander to see the cows and calves in the farmyard. There are stalls selling unique gifts and useful countryside products and information stands where you can speak to the experts. With falconry, clays and being chased by bloodhounds, it is certain to be a day you won’t forget. 10am 4.30pm Adult 7.50 Child under 16 is free. Meon Springs, Whitewool Farm, East Meon, Hampshire GU32 1HW  Tuesday 12 April Kate Walker’s Twelve-Point Guide to Writing Romance - Hampshire Writers Society. 7.00pm for Networking. 7.30pm for speaker. Venue: The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR. Cost: £5 nonmembers. Students free. Contact: www.hampshirewr iterssociety. Award winning author Kate Walker will talk about how to craft a novel for the popular Romance fiction genre market. A teacher of fiction writing, fifteen of Kate’s former students have now been published  Tuesday 12 April Titchfield Abbey W.I. Meeting Starting at 9.30am at Titchfield Community Centre, the group will be entertained with poetry and songs by Dennis Bryant. Visitors are always welcome to group meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month, always starting at 9.30am, with an opportunity to meet members and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee with biscuits. Titchfield Abbey is a very active W.I. and members can also enjoy book groups, walking groups, individual craft, lace and patchwork groups as well as visits to various places of interest and to the theatre.  Friday 15 April Nepalese Curry Lunch and Lecture A Gurkha Museum event in Winchester. A lecture titled “The

World in Conflict” Understanding the Worlds Troublespots given by John Andrews. In a journalist career that began in the Middle East he became “The Economist’s” most experienced foreign correspondent after living seven years in the Arab world. Tickets £30 (Friends £25) to include coffee & biscuits on arrival at 10.30am, lecture and traditional Nepalese Curry. Bookings by phone to Mary Brown on 01962 843201 or e-mail marybrown@  Friday 15 April Ladies Pamper, Shop & Swish Clothes Swap Evening at Botley Primary School Come along for a fun, sociable evening. Doors open at 7.30pm. There will be plenty of stalls for shopping, beauty products, mini beauty treatments, demonstrations, samples and much more. Also incorporating a 'Swishing' clothes swap. The event is open to all and raises funds for the school. Tickets £5 per person including a drink. Please see website for details www.  Monday 18 April Zero 4 Probus Club Talk “The Battle of Waterloo” by speaker Dr Robin Marsh. For more details visit our web site https://zero4probusclub.weebly. com or contact Malcolm Watson on 01489 891875 or 07926925466  Thursday 21 Saturday 23 April Soberton Players present "One Man, Two Guvnors Soberton Players present "One Man,Two Guvnors", the criticallyacclaimed West End comedy by Richard Bean at Soberton Village Hall SO32 3PF on Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd April at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £7 and can be purchased from: Credit Card Hotline 01489 604629. Box Office 01489 878184 & 07866 931487, email tickets@sobertonplayers. Pre-theatre 2 course suppers available from The White Lion Soberton - £20.95 including ticket to show. From Box Office and email booking only.  Saturday 23 April Wickham with Rhythm Featuring DJ Pauly Paul spinning the very best in 40s, 50s and 60s.

Jive, swing, latin, rhythm & blues, northern soul and rock 'n' roll. Whether you like to jive with a partner or dance with friends, the music is sure to pull you in. And don't forget, it's family friendly too; so bring the kids! This is one Saturday night you don't want to miss! 7pm - 12am at The Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham.  Sunday 1 May Thirteenth Garden Fair in aid of St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital At Wintershill Hall, Durley by kind permission of Jamie & Caroline Balfour. 10am - 4pm. Enterance £5 (free parking). Children under 14 free. Birds of prey display, hog roast. Ask the expert: Andy McIndoe. 60+ specialist stalls. Children's corner, homemade refreshments. Cuff Billett's New Europa Jazz Band. For more information:  Tuesday 10 May Novelist, Broadcaster, Journalist... Taxidermist? Kate Mosse - Hampshire Writers' Society Kate Mosse will be sharing her writing trade secrets with the Hampshire Writers' Society in room 303 of the St Edburga building of Winchester University. Old legends, ancient Sussex folklore, taxidermy and bird mythology, she must have such a wealth of research and cataloguing advice to depart. Her settings may be a mystical mix of historical and contemporary Europe but she has West Sussex in her blood and is extremely active with the Chichester Festival Theatre. She will be quite familiar with Hampshire also. Kate is a playwright and has had many short stories and essays published raising money and awareness for a variety of charities. Would you call her a feminist? Join us in the St Edburga building on Tuesday 10th May and ask her yourself.  Friday 13 May Fish 'n' Chip Quiz Night at Botley Primary School Doors open at 7.15pm. We welcome teams of up to 8 to come and take the challenge of the famous Botley Quiz. Always a popular, fun evening. BYO drinks & nibbles. The event is open to

all and raises funds for the school. Tickets £7.50 each including a delicious Fish and Chip supper form J. Henry in Hedge End. Please see website for details www.  Saturday 21 May Welsh Spring Concert in Swanmore The distinguished Pontypridd Male Choir with outstanding tenor soloist Ben Smith (studying at the Royal College of Music, London) will again fill St Barnabas’ Church, Swanmore, with their unique and lovely sound. When they came in June 2014 tickets were sold out ten days before the concert – the church could simply hold no more! Doors open around 6.45pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Admission by ticket only. Adults £16 and under-18s £10, to include a glass of wine or soft drink in the interval. Call Jan on 01489 892581 or Tony on 07771 771826. Latest details on www.



 Friday 3 June 'Pop in to Summer' - The New Music Makers Summer Concert At The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End (next to Wildern School) at 7.30pm. Ticket Price:£10 Adult, £8 Concessions (over 65, reg. disabled), Under 16 Free. Tickets Available From: The Berry Theatre Box Office Tel (02380) 652333, The Flower Garden Florist, Hedge End or Tel: (01489) 781836. The New Music Makers and their guest musicians invite you to 'Pop In to Summer', for a musical ride on the magical merry go round of Mary Poppins, along with a summer fest of popular music for all. Cited as an award winning choir, "With excellent musicianship and a very expressive personality", the New Music Makers present a musical extravaganza not to be missed.

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MEON VALLEY FORUM Welcome to the April issue of The Forum Magazine. We welcome new writers, suggestions, ideas and feedback - positive or negative! As we finally emerge from the Winter months and into the Spring sunshine, many more community events and activities are popping up in our local towns and villages. If you need some ideas for Easter Holiday entertainment, the regular Diary Dates section will give you a helping hand! We have an engaging interview with Melanie Bliss in this month's Hampshire People on page 34 and all our regular features, news and articles. The copy deadline day for the May issue is April 18. We hope you enjoy reading this month's Forum

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10 NEWS & FEATURES NEWS 20 Bishop's Waltham Rotary Club News 20 Best Wishes Valentine's Day competition winner FEATURES 14 Behind the Business: this month the Forum talks to R.G Warwick Trading Ltd 22 Market Square 24 Hampshire Mum - walk in the country 28 Winter Visitors - Claire Thurlow 34 Hampshire People - this month the Forum talks with Melanie Bliss, Co-Founder, along with husband and creative director of Blissfields Music Festival INFORMATION 03 Diary Dates 08 Church Services 12 Clubs & Societies 26 Community









HEALTH 30, 31, 32, 33 30 Absolute Healthcare in Four Marks 31 HealthSpace Bishop's Waltham announces two new services 32 On site massage with Caroline Bonney

06 White & Guard shortlisted in the Estas GARDEN 07, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 10 Chris Nutt's gardening column 10 The Cuckoo & the Rhododendron 14 Behind the Business: this month the Forum talks to R.G Warwick Trading Ltd HOME 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 27, 29, 44 16 Pat Staples Interiors 16 We talk to Carl Leroy-Smith: Architect 18 How to paint your furniture using Everlong Superior Finish Paint with Olive & Ted

LIFESTYLE RETAIL 22 22 Market Square LEISURE 36, 37 36 National Garden Scheme: gardens open for charity 36 Events at the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery MOTORS 39

BEAUTY 32 32 Treat your problematic skin with Amanda of Botley


FOOD & DRINK GOOD FOOD 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43 38 Hampshire chocolate maker to judge Academy of Chocolate Awards 38 Wickham Charity Beer Festival - April 8th & 9th 39 Get involved in the Hampshire Food Festival 40 Christina's of Droxford 40 Excellent brews and food to accompany 42 Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club - Broadstreet Restaurant





hite & Guard has been shortlisted in the biggest awards for estate & letting agents in the UK, known throughout the industry as The ESTAS. White & Guard has been recognised for its outstanding customer service to its clients by the largest and longest running award scheme in the UK residential property industry.

expert Phil Spencer in front of 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals, Spencer said “Any firm that enters The ESTAS has already sent a clear message that they are passionate about customer service so to make it on to the shortlist is a huge achievement in itself ”. Simon Brown, founder of the awards says “Its client feedback which determines who is shortlisted and ultimately who wins that makes The ESTAS so valuable. We’ve introduced categories for conveyancers, mortgage brokers and developers so The ESTAS now recognises the best firms across the whole of residential property sector.” Jon Notley, Chief Commercial Officer of headline sponsor Zoopla said, “This is our sixth year sponsoring The ESTAS and we are delighted to be once again supporting this key industry event. Customer feedback is essential to any organisation and it is fantastic to see the best in the industry being recognised for their efforts. Good luck to all those taking part and I look forward to meeting the winners on stage in April!”

The ESTAS, sponsored by Zoopla, determines the best estate & letting agents in the UK through research carried out amongst customers who are asked a series of questions about the service they have received from their agent. This year saw record entries making the competition the toughest yet and one of the biggest surveys in the UK property industry with just over 30,000 customers completing one of the online questionnaires. Estate and letting agents have been shortlisted in 22 regions around the UK. The regional and national winners will be announced at the 13th annual ESTAS ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 15th April. The awards will be presented by TV property


Steve White, Partner said “We’re absolutely delighted to have made it on to this year’s shortlist. We are passionate about the level of service we deliver to our clients and this proves all the hard work the team put in has paid off ”.



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ALL SAINTS' Botley  Sunday 3 April 08.00 Common Worship 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Choral Evensong  Sunday 10 April 08.00 BCP Communion 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Taize Service  Sunday 17 April 08.00 Common Worship 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong  Sunday 24 April 08.00 BCP Communion 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong

ST. PETER'S Curdridge  Sunday 3 April 10.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 10 April 10.00 Family Service  Sunday 17 April 10.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 24 April 10.00 Parish Communion


ALL SAINTS' Denmead  Sunday 3 April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 All Souls  Sunday 10 April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Praise (in Church Hall) 18.00 Evensong  Sunday 17 April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion  Sunday 24 April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Communion 18.00 Evensong  Every Thursday 11.00 Holy Communion

ST. MARY AND ALL SAINTS' Droxford  Sunday 3 April 08.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 10 April 11.00 Parish Communion

HOLY CROSS Durley  Sunday 3 April 10.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 10 April 10.00 Matins  Sunday 17 April 10.00 Family Service  Sunday 24 April 10.00 Parish Communion

ALL SAINTS' East Meon  Sunday 3 April 10.30 All Age Service  Sunday 10 April

10.30 Parish Eucharist  Sunday 17 April 10.30 Parish Eucharist  Sunday 24 April 10.30 Parish Eucharist & Sunday Club

18.30 Evensong  Sunday 17 April 11.00 Parish Communion 12.15 APCM in Church  Sunday 24 April 11.00 Parish Communion





 Sunday 3 April 18.30 Evensong  Sunday 10 April 08.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 17 April 11.00 Parish Communion

 Sunday 3 April 09.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 10 April 09.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 17 April 09.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 24 April 09.00 Matins  Saturdays 09.00 Morning Prayer

ST. PETER'S & ST PAUL'S Hambledon  Sunday 3 April 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong  Sunday 10 April 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Evening Prayer  Sunday 17 April 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong  Sunday 24 April 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Short Family Service 11.00 Matins 18.30 Holy Communion

ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH Meonstoke  Sunday 3 April 11.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 10 April 08.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 24 April 11.00 All Age Service

THE CHURCH OF THE BLESSED MARY Upham  Sunday 3 April 11.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 10 April 11.00 Family Service

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST West Meon  Sunday 3 April 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 All Age Worship  Sunday 10 April 10.30 Parish Communion  Sunday 17 April 10.30 Service of the Word  Sunday 24 April 10.30 Parish Communion  Tuesday & Friday 09.00 Morning Prayer (12th at East Meon)

ST. NICHOLAS' Wickham  Sunday 6 March 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Family Time 18.00 Evensong  Sunday 13 March 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 20 March 08.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 27 March 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Parish Communion If you would like to include a church service, please email your copy to editor@forumpublications.





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he sun has finally returned and the garden is slowly springing back to life, and it is an ideal time to access if there are any gaps which can be filled to boost the summers floral display. Perennials are available at this time of year in small sizes and these plants will quickly fill a space and flower this summer. My top perennials for easy, low maintenance colour are as follows:

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Anemone x hybrida‘Honorine Jobert’– Produces lovely white semi-double flowers on long stems in late summer Erigeron karvinskianus – Low growing mounds covered in daisy like flowers in white and pink all summer long, can selfseed in dry soil. Gaura lindheimer – Can be short lived in heavy soil but produces months of airy sprays of white or pink flowers. Geranium‘Rozanne’-TheRHSplantofthecenturyithaslovely, purple flowers all summer long and forms low mounds of weed suppressing ground cover. Penstemon‘Raven’– Smothered in tubular purple black flowers all summer. Rudbeckia laciniata‘Herbstsonne’Flowers in late summer with many branched flower heads with bright yellow petals. Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’ - Lovely dark stems smothered in violet flowers, from early to mid-summer.Will often flower again if cut back by half after the first flowering. Thalictrum ‘Elin’Tiny clouds of pink and white flowers held above tall wiry stems.

Jobs for the month ahead • Prune any early flowering shrubs once they have finished flowering, including Forsythia, Chaenomeles and Ribes. • Lathyrus (sweet peas) can be sown direct into the garden now, to ensure good propagation chip or graze the seed slightly to allow water to enter the seed. • Summer flowering bulbs, corms and tubers such as Dahlia, Lilium and Gladiolus can be planted out now either direct into their final flowering position or into containers. • Combined lawn weed and feeds can be applied now, and then sow grass seed in any bare patches once the weeds have been eradicated. • Evergreen trees, shrubs and hedges can be moved and planted now. It is also a good time to remove any frost damaged growth on evergreen plants. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris for commissions or advice call 07765 692396 or email



pring days are just perfect for woodland walks where you can witness the breathtaking displays of rhododendrons and azaleas, and where if you are lucky, you might just catch the haunting call of the cuckoo. Interestingly enough, both the cuckoo and the rhododendron have similar reputations. They are capable of fascinating us, yet at times can be an irritant as they both share the characteristic of being intruders. Some horticulturists bemoan the presence of woodland rhododendrons because they soak up the goodness in the soil and often rapidly encroach on surrounding areas. However, here in Hampshire, there is no better place to witness rhododendrons and azaleas in all their glory, than in the woodland gardens of Exbury Gardens in the New Forest.This is where the Rothschild family has created a world famous collection, which really is, a breathtaking sight and not to be missed. Is it little wonder then, that it was once said the Rothschilds were ‘bankers by hobby and gardeners by profession’? It is of course easy to become captivated by the vivid displays of colour that rhododendrons are so famous for, or be charmed by the heavenly scent of azaleas, while at the same time forgetting these shrubs can be high maintenance. You will need to treat them with care if you want them to flourish in your garden. Firstly, they need exacting soil conditions, which includes an acid environment as they will not tolerate a chalky or lime bed. Secondly, keep them out of direct sun and in particular the early morning sun, while also shielding them from cold drying winds. They like moisture without having their feet too wet and if you want, bright, beautiful blooms the following spring, you need to give them a good feed after flowering. If you cannot cope with their demanding natures perhaps it is best to stick to springtime woodland walks so you can feast your eyes on displays such as Exbury, and you never know, as an extra treat, you might just hear that haunting call of the cuckoo… Norman Hambrook - Managing Director

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CLUBS & SOCIETIES ARTS, CRAFTS & MUSIC  Bishop's Waltham Photographic Society Bishop’s Waltham Photographic Society is a small club that meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Church Hall, Free Street, Bishop’s Waltham at 7.30pm. For further information and contact details, please visit the club website www.  Bishop's Bells Handbell Team Using the Victorian handbells belonging to St Peters Church, we play regularly both at our weekly practices and at venues throughout Hampshire. Practices are weekly on Tuesdays from approx. 7.30pm to 9.00pm at St Peters Church. All ages welcome, no experience necessary! Contact Sandy Foster to find out more: 01489 890334  Hambledon Folk Club Second Wednesday each month 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm) All gigs (except January):Venue: The Youth Hut, Hambledon PO7 4RW (adjacent Village Hall). Drinks from Vine Pub (next door) or bring your own (tea/coffee available at club). Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members, £5.00 under 18s/students) For more information: www. For reservations phone: 02392 632719 or email folkclubhambledon@hotmail.  Jubilee Writers We are a friendly group of enthusiastic writers who enjoy writing short stories, novels, poetry, articles, sketches, travelogues etc. Our abilities range from absolute beginners to those with more experience and our aim is to support and encourage members in their writing. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month between 2 and 4pm in St Peter’s Stables, Bishops Waltham. A £40 annual subscription fee is charged but anyone interested is welcome to attend 1 or 2 meetings before joining. For more details ring 01489 892224 or e-mail:  Meon Valley Flower Club The Meon Valley Flower Club is affiliated to the Wessex and Jersey area of NAFAS (The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies). This year we are usually meeting at 2pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Meonhall in Meonstoke. New members would be very welcome indeed, but anyone can join us as a visitor.Our yearly programme includes flower arrangements by NAFAS area demonstrators, workshops, speakers and garden visits. For more information please phone our Chair Alison Bartlett 0239 2632366  Meon Voices Choir Weekly practices are held in the United Free Church, Basingwell Street, Bishop’s Waltham each Monday 7.30 – 9.30, September – December and January – March/ April. There are no auditions and you do not need to be able to read music, but it helps. We sing a wide range of music usually in 4-part harmony, for example traditional folk songs, negro spirituals, melodies


from musicals, classic popular music and some choral pieces. For further information please contact Phil: 01489 579078 or email coundleypj@yahoo. com or Nims 01489 575150 email  The New Music Makers SATB Choir We are a friendly bunch of people who love to sing. Our central rehearsal hall, for singers from a wide area, is Methodist Church Hall, Hedge End. Rehearsals 7.30pm - 10 pm, with time for chat/refreshments. We sing a wide genre of music at venues from Winchester Cathedral, Berry Theatre to smaller local clubs and societies with an annual Christmas and Summer concert. No need to read music, all you need to do is 'hold a tune' with help from CDs/online player/choir buddy. Choir socials throughout year. Contact Lin on 023 8045 4285 or our website to join this fun, vibrant choir of 40 years standing.

OTHER CLUBS / SOCIETIES  Bishop's Waltham Bridge Club We are a small, friendly club that meets every Wednesday evening at Priory Court, Winchester Road, Bishop’s Waltham. Play starts at 7pm and continues until 10pm. Improving and occasional players are welcome and you do not need to come with a partner. If you would like to come along, please call Roger Robinson (Chairman) on 01489 877504, or Phil White (treasurer) on 01489 896877.  Bishop's Waltham Community First Responders BWCFR are volunteers locally, trained by the Ambulance service to attend life threatening emergencies before an ambulance attends. We cover the 5mile radius of B/Waltham, Swanmore/ Waltham Chase and when required outlying areas. Use of own car and cover 5 or more hours/wk, mileage is reimbursed. A lively group of all ages, experience and backgrounds, who gain great satisfaction from helping their local residents. Swanmore Responders needed to span our area. For more info; Di Mclean 01489 891911.  Bishop's Waltham Gateway Club We provide a social club for people with learning disabilities over the age of 16. We meet in St Peter's Church Hall, Free Street, Bishops Waltham SO32 1EE on the first and third Monday's of the month (except August and Bank Holidays) between 7 and 9pm. More information can be found on our website If you need any more information contact Vee or Brian on 01489 895767.  Bishop's Waltham Gardening Club The Club holds 9 evening meetings a year, free to members, with speakers on a diverse range of horticulturally related topics, plus social events, outings and Shows. We also manage the Bishops Waltham allotment site where there is a sales Shed. The Club welcomes new

members and visitors to meetings whether you are an experienced, novice or armchair gardener! For more information visit our new website at  Bishop's Waltham Museum Trust The museum is situated in the beautiful grounds of the Bishop’s Waltham Palace. We are on the ground floor of the Farmhouse and English Heritage has an exhibition on the history of the Palace on the first floor. Every year we try to have an exhibition connected to the history of Bishop's Waltham. 6 Victoria Road, Bishops Waltham SO32 1DJ, United Kingdom 01489 894654. www.bishops  Bishop's Waltham Rotary Club We are a small, dynamic group of like minded professional people of all ages and backgrounds, who meet once a week to not only to give something back to the community in which we live and work, but to organise charity events, socialise, network and have a meal! We are currently looking for new members so if you would like to find out more about who we are and what we do, please get in touch via our website www.bishopswalthamrotary. We meet Thursday evenings at East Horton Golf Club. We'd love you to come along and join us, have a bite to eat and get to meet some of our members. www.bishopswalthamrotary.  Meon Ladies We are a social group running out of Meonstoke Village Hall. We meet on various Thursday evenings thorugh the year and our purpose is to educate, entertain and offer people to make new friends and catch up with old. Call Libby Soar on 01489 878704 for details or simply to turn up! Events are advertised on village notice boards, and through email. To join our distribution list please email Sarah Snowdon on:  Meon Valley Beekeeping Association We are a group of beekeepers covering the Meon Valley. The association has been in existence in since 1938. We help and encourage people to learn the craft of beekeeping, to keep their bees healthy and strong, so that they will bring in a good honey crop and provide pollination.  Meon Valley Garden Club The Meon Valley Garden Club has been in existence for over 100 years, although up to twenty years ago it was known as the Meon Valley Flower Show Society. It is a friendly and sociable group, drawing its membership from the villages of the Meon Valley and further afield including Horndean, Fareham, Southampton and Portsmouth. Annual membership fee of just £3. For more information please visit:  Meon Valley Lions Club Formed in 1973, the Meon Valley Lions Club is the local branch of an international group dedicated to supporting those in need in their local community. There are currently 26 male and female members from all walks of life, who volunteer their

time and expertise to raise money for local individuals and groups in need. In addition they have given thousands of hours of their time freely to people and situations where manpower is needed rather than cash. Tel: 0845 833 7812. Email: ian.adams@meonvalleylionsclub.  Wickham Twinning Association Open to residents of Wickham and neighbouring villages, the Association is twinned with Viller-sur-Mer in Normandy and organises reciprocal visits between the two communities This year we are welcoming our French friends to England on the weekend of May 6th-8th. We are always looking for people to act as hosts for some of the French visitors. Anyone who would like to join the Association or are just interested in welcoming some lovely French people into their home please contact Keith Best on 01489 891163 for more information.  Zero 4 Probus Club A mixed club of retired professional and business men & women, which meets on the third Monday of each month for a talk, lunch and social interaction in Botley Masonic Centre, Brook Lane, Botley. For more details visit our web site or contact Malcolm Watson on 01489 891875 or 07926925466.

SENIOR CITIZENS  Singing for Fun Come and sing your favourite songs and learn some new ones. No talent required. First and Third Friday of the month (except August) 2pm - 3.30pm. Ages 40 - 90, people with disabilities especially welcome. Cost £1 per session, includes refreshments. For further information contact Annabel on 01489 877130 or 07732 329792.

SPORTS CLUBS  Bishop's Waltham Badminton Club Our club meets at the Jubilee Hall on a Monday evening from 7pm until 9.30pm. We are always looking for new members who are of an intermediate standard and above and would be pleased for you to try us out. For further info see  Bishop's Waltham Cricket Club Male and female players of all abilities and aged over 8 years are welcome. We run 3 adult Hampshire Cricket League teams, a Sunday friendly team, a midweek league team, 2 winter indoor teams and young cricketers teams in under 9,11,13 and 15 age groups. www.  Meon Valley Bowling Club New people, from complete beginners to seasoned league players are most welcome, and we provide equipment to borrow; and fully qualified coaching for beginners and improvers. We bowl outdoors from mid-April until late September; and indoors on for the rest of the year. Tel: 01489 891871, email:

Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area

Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area



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Unless stated allfound Gazebos come with a deck base, solid and A full set of gazebo accessories can be on the inside

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and privacy. Available in a choice of terracotta or green.

invest in a roof liner to improve water protection.

are available to further enhance your comfort invest in a roof liner to Gazebos improve water protection.

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weather conditions there may be a chance of water

environment. It is important to appreciate that in severe

sustainable forests, that to suit every size and style of garden. environment. It is important to appreciate in severe

sustainable forests, to suit every size and style of garden.

materials. They are designed to provide a shower proof

Gazebos from carefully selected materials. They are designed to provide a shower proof timber from well managed

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All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are made

Equestrian Fencing Services offer an extensive range of All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are made

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nature of faming has changed with farms amalgamating to form much larger farms with requirements to match so they tend to buy in vast quantities direct.



uality will out is what they say; there can be few businesses that can boast their existence since 1894, but that is the case for R.G Warwick Trading Ltd: Hardware and Agricultural Supplies. Originally based in a large premises on The Square in Wickham, which is now home to another branch of the Warwick family business group – Warwick Lane; Warwick Trading Ltd have moved their hardware shop to their large site on Station Road, Wickham, which is also home to their agricultural supply depot. Mark Warwick, the current manager and grandson of the founder of R.G Warwick Trading Ltd, explains; “It was absolutely the right move to make. Here we have excellent storage facilities, free parking for cars and farm vehicles and easy access for large lorries. It’s ideal having both branches of the business together on this one site. They compliment each other perfectly but because we are not as visible as we were on the Square some people may have thought we had closed so I want to assure our customers we are very much here!” Although housed in a modern facility, R.G Warwick Trading Ltd hardware shop harks back to a time when professional and personalized customer care was of paramount importance. The store is a labyrinth containing everything and anything you could possibly require, DIY and gardening tools, electrical and plumbing items, kitchen and bathroom hardware, gardening and pet supplies seeds, bulbs and seed potatoes - the list is endless. “We have experienced staff on hand to help with any customer enquiry and yes you can buy just one nut, bolt or washer rather than a whole pack if that’s all you need!” The same level of customer care is applied to the agricultural supplies part of the business “We supply fertilizers, compost, seeds and bulbs. The whole


We supply smaller farms and independent growers across Hampshire; we are also very involved with allotments from the Winchester area through to Portsmouth and Southampton. Allotments are far more than just a fashion.Those people that have them are serious agriculturalists who care about what they grow so want the best quality supplies but in smaller quantities from a company that can offer personalized and expert advice.” I wonder how online shopping will affect Warwick Trading? “We are lucky to have a very good quality and long term reputation and one that is still able to offer personalized service. There has of course been a slight impact on the business”.

But Warwick Trading Ltd has easily weathered that storm and is now embracing a new on-line dimension to the business “We are currently selling a select range of our products via eBay to test how we might work partially on-line. It’s been fascinating to be able to chart our sales all over the UK, literally from Scotland to Cornwall. It’s very exciting. Our aim is to run our own Warwick Trading on-line store which is currently under development. Planning is important to ensure our customer service remains the same across all aspects of our business”. R.G Warwick Trading Ltd. is the perfect blend of a business embracing technology while having an ethos - the nuts and bolts of the business - embedded in customer care and quality. GG.

Suppliers of gardening, DIY and trade products • Vegetable & Flower Seeds • Composts • Fertilisers • Pet Supplies • Tools • Free Customer Parking Please call 01329 832531 for more information R.G. Warwick Trading Ltd Buddens Yard, Station Road Wickham, Hamphire PO17 5JA Tel: 01329 832531



the schemes our designers produce, and maybe some other customers would like to buy from us the fabrics and products we suggest, but then make them up themselves into curtains and furnishings. Whichever way you want to redesign your interiors, we would love to help you So we charge you £100 per room initially for a complete design scheme, including samples, general advice, paint colours, lighting, layout, whatever you want, and no limit on our time. In other words we will continue working on your scheme until you are completely happy with it. If you would then like to purchase any of the scheme products from us we will give you a very competitive quote.


e believe the reputation of the designers at Pat Staples Interiors for designing and supplying complete and perfect room schemes is known for miles around. And the majority of our clients, once they have sampled our services, are more than happy to continue to trust in our very superior making up and fitting skills. However it is possible that some customers would prefer to source their fabrics and making up services themselves, from


If you prefer us to supply and make everything for you, so you can just sit back and wait for the complete transformation, not only will we achieve exactly that, but we will also completely refund your initial design fee. So then the interior design scheme will be free. For inspiration look at the Projects section on our website, to see photos of real interiors we have designed and supplied. Pat Staples Interiors Tel: 01489 892692 The Studio, Unit 3, Claylands Road, Bishops Waltham

How do you go about this? Having listened carefully to my client’s needs, I come up with ideas, such as suggestions about how to, for example, frame their view and create a large family room that opens out to the garden and incorporates living/kitchen and dining functions. Sometimes, strategically placed roof-lights can help inject much-needed light into different areas of the home, drawing the eye through a space to the outside.


ith summer just around the corner, architect Carl Leroy-Smith explains how bringing the outside in to your home can vastly enhance, not only your property, but also your lifestyle. Why does this idea work so well? Connecting inside living spaces to the garden helps create bright, airy rooms with a feeling of space that family and friends can enjoy together. Often people have this desire but aren’t sure how to go about it. What are the key considerations? It’s important to think carefully about the orientation of the room and decide where the focus is. If you have a lovely garden or outlook, why not make the most of it?


It’s essential to get the design just right, whether you are making minor alterations to the existing space, completely rejigging the layout, or substantially extending your home. Good solid thinking and carefully considered design that’s tailored precisely to your needs, can give your home a whole new lease of life. • Interior Design & Home Consultations • Re-upholstery & loose covers • Fabrics & Wallpapers


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Tel: 01489 892626 The Studio, Unit 3, Claylands Rd, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1BH

If you have a need to change your home in any way, from a radical transformation that will create more space, to imaginatively altering a part of it, or simply installing a new kitchen, I can help. • • • •

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o stripping, sanding*, priming** or undercoating. NO WAXING. Child safe. What's not to love? Here at Olive and Ted we have used a number of chalk based furniture paints over the past few years. They have all had one thing in common - they needed to be finished with a wax or varnish. Everlong Superior Finish Paint is the first in a new generation of furniture paints containing a built in sealer. This means that for the vast majority of pieces we just paint and we are done.

surface. Sugar soap, white spirit or even good old soap and water will do the job. Dry thoroughly and you are ready to start painting. Step 4: Stir the Everlong Superior Finish Paint well.The built in sealer is often seen as a clear liquid on the surface and, being heavier, the chalk element sits at the bottom of the tin. Step 5: You can paint straight from the tin adding a small amount of water if you feel the paint is a little thick. We prefer to lightly dip our paint brush tip in water on approximately every third visit back to the tin to keep the paint flowing smoothly. Step 6: Apply the paint quickly and evenly. Best results are achieved by finishing each section with a final sweep in one direction. The paint is water based and will start to dry immediately. Do not try to go back over any damp areas as the paint will lift and clump. Allow it to dry (or use a hairdryer) and then either touch up or apply another coat as required. Step 7:When you are happy with the coverage and finish you can lightly buff the surface once it is dry. If the piece is going to be in a high traffic area or subjected to frequent wiping down apply a coat of Everlong One Coat Sealer.

Here's How Step 1: Choose from our range of 24 beautiful colours inspired by the Northumberland countryside. All are available in 100ml or 1 litre pots. Step 2: As with any job the right tools are essential. In this case you need a clean, soft synthetic brush which is not too large for the piece you are painting. You will avoid ending up with thick layers which will take a long time to dry and may leave an uneven finish. Everlong Superior Finish paint brushes make a real difference to the end result. Step 3: Make sure your piece is clean and free of grease. This will give the paint the best chance of adhering to the


Step 8: Finger marks etc. which your piece may attract can be removed by rubbing gently with a wet wipe, damp white cloth or similar.The damp patch will dry back to the original painted colour. * sanding may be required if the existing surface is chipped or cracked ** a primer may be needed should stains come through from the original surface To learn more about Everlong Superior Finish Paint and have a go yourself why not come along to one of our FREE Introductory Painting Workshops or bring a piece of furniture along to our Paint Your Own Piece Workshop? Both are run monthly and all dates are available at


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ollowing on from our display and competition within The Meon Valley Forum Valentine's Day edition, we are able to annouce the competition winner.


id you know that on Saturday 11th June 2016, Bishop’s Waltham Rotary will be organising the annual Carnival? Over 10,000 people come to the Carnival each year, which is a celebration; an exuberant and vibrant get together of our diverse and multi-cultural community for one fabulous day. It brings together the whole town and outlying villages, including charities, community groups businesses, schools, colleges…..and you.

Best Wishes of Bishop's Waltham Tel: 01489 892090 Web: 5 Brook Court, Brook Street, Bishop's Waltham, SO32 1AX

The procession starts at 12.00 Midday in the High Street, with a procession of classic cars vehicles, followed by Batala, a lively band interpreting the theme of this year’s carnival: Rio (in light of the Olympic venue later in the year), or Mardi Gras. So expect some vibrant music and lively antics. Fuller’s dray horses will be there decked out in all their finery together with the local Fire Engine, road roller, a pony and trap, a stilt walker and many others providing an attractive spectacle for children and adults alike. Trigger the Train will be there too. At the end of the procession is the spectacular Spitfires Marching band. Why not march in the procession dressed in your Rio carnival gear?


The carnival ground is in the Hoe Road recreation ground, where the Classic cars and motor bikes will be on display; rides on Trigger the Train; there will be live displays in the arena and loads of exciting stalls to visit: over sixty stands including many children's activities and rides, a play bus,Tug-of-War, dancing troupes, canine displays, live music, drum majorettes and lots, lots more.

Viewing Fri 1 April: 10am-7pm Sale Morning: From 8.30am

And for the hungry: a barbecue stand, beer stall, Pimms for the more discerning, ice creams, and more. The afternoon wraps up with awards for the best cars in the Show and the Grand Draw with stunning prizes. This spectacular event has been running for over forty years and gets better every year. So come on down, enjoy the day and lend your support to the great work that your local Rotary Club does in the vibrant community that we enjoy in Bishop's Waltham! 20

We are proud to announce the winner of our competition is Cheryl Johns. Cheryl is now the proud winner of a £50 meal voucher to Banks Bar Bistro by answering the question 'How much is spent nowdays on Valentines card in the UK?' correctly.


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Sliding Door Freestanding Wardrobes Prices from ÂŁ628.00 including local delivery and installation

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Hinged Door Freestanding Wardrobes Prices from ÂŁ281.00 including local delivery & installation

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Easter Egg Chic Arrangement with 3 chocolate Easter Eggs - £32.99. High Street, Bishop's Waltham. Tel: 01489 892366 |

4ct opel, diamond & gold ring - £2,200 Warwick Lane, 3-4 The Square, Wickham, PO17 5JN Tel: 01329 836327 | Find us in Warwick Lane

For everything you never knew you wanted. Clock - £400. Unit 3,Warwick Lane,Wickham Square 07855 333934 |









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Be part of Market Square A cost effective and dynamic way of selling your product - £30+VAT (Images taken free of charge) Tel: 01962 735137 |


Dust off those winter cobwebs and let the April sunshine bring you onto the streets of our towns and villages! You'll find they are bursting with delights and Spring brights to bring some seasonal colour and style to your home, garden and wardrobe.

Hampshire Framing & Gallery Special occasion frames individually designed. Houchin Street, Bishop's Waltham, SO32 1AR Tel: 01489 894672 |

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Homemade bread, cakes and savouries in the heart of Droxford. Opening hours: Fri & Sun: 12pm - 4pm, Sat: 10am - 4pm Tel: 01489 877172 | See page 40 for more details

Earrings 18ct white gold with 2ct diamonds - £3,500 Warwick Lane, 3-4 The Square, Wickham Tel: 01329 836327 | Find us in Warwick Lane

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10% off the New Decleor Hydrating Facial during April when mentioning this advert. Brook Street, Bishops Waltham. Tel: 01489 892233

2016 Giant Dire-E Electric Mountain Bike - £2,000 3 Winchester Road, Waltham Chase, SO32 2LG Tel: 01489 893693 |

Libélula - Beatrix fluro yellow lace dress 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB

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A unique women's boutique selling good quality affordable gorgeousness. Cross Street, Bishop's Waltham, SO32 1EZ Tel: 01489 890714 |

Monthly Antiques & Interiors Auction - Sat 2 Apr The Auction Rooms, Itchen Stoke, SO24 0QT

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Start-rite washable canvas shoes 'Sea Spray’ - £27 11 East Street, Alresford, SO24 9EQ

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t’s always a treat when the Lovely New Forest Cousins come up to this part of sunny Hampshire and, as it happened, when they and the Family Pagan gathered at the home of the Immaculate In- Laws the sun did eventually shine. The Pagan Pup is welcome at these gatherings along with the two elderly Spaniels belonging to the Lovely Cousins. The dogs tolerate each other apart from the occasional snap beneath the dining table and the Immaculate In-Laws do well to cope with twelve sets of claws skittering across the acres of polished oak that is their lounge. In the knowledge that there would be an abundance of fabulous fare and Prosecco a- plenty we decided to walk the two or so miles from our Market Town to the rural idyll of the Immaculate In-Laws, plus there was a slim chance the walk would wear out the Pagan Pup for a while. It’s funny, though not entirely unusual, but the older I get the more I value these get–togethers, the specialness of increasingly close family ties, a chance to spend quality times with relies making memories. Well that’s how I see it but I imagine I can hear my Immaculate Brother in Law retching… Anyway, and so it was, having been beyond well fed and watered that the great outdoors beckoned. The sun was shinning, but for some while it had not shown it’s golden hue hence it was a tad boggy under foot… Now the thing is the realities of living in the country are a little harsh to some. Whilst we all have the appropriate kit, (there’s no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing), and enough 4WD's to keep the average Canadian happy, there is a little hesitance when it comes to actually getting out there. Star I reluctantly threw on his latest designer coat, (all logo and no substance), while Star II repeated his usual mantra, “Do we HAVE to?” And had forgotten his walking boots. I heard my Mum and Mary Poppins coming out of my mouth, “Come along now, it’s a lovely day out there, spit spot”. Still within half an hour our happy troop were out in the depths of the countryside. Now the Lovely Cousin is a London girl with a love of fizz and an aversion for too much mileage on foot and any kind


of incline. As we chatted along we lost track of, well, the track actually and the time. The light was beginning to fade and we could see the weather closing in; a short cut home was required. “Up here!” the Immaculate Brother in-Law said with great authority and strode up hill with a pack of excited Spaniels around him just like a scene from Country File. The rest of us grappled with the claggy mud of the ploughed field while the Lovely Cousin was heard to mutter, ”I hate bloody hills!” There was no stile at the summit only a three row barred wire fence. The dogs were already through and the Immaculate Brother in-Law with an agility that defies his age climbed over. My mind wondered what would happen if his Timberlands, (that’s boots not a euphemism), were just to catch the top wire as he climbed…I would of course be punished for such a thought. The Immaculate Sister in-Law cleared the fence like a young gazelle and then it was my turn. Climbing was definitely out for fear of the posts not supporting my weight rendering me entangled like a scene from War Horse and The Husband saying,” Don’t worry Sandra I’ve got some wire cutters in the van”. There was only one way to go about it- through the middle. Elegant it was not, think Rhino through the eye of a needle…. The Lovely Cousin was having none of it; “We don’t have mud like this in the New Forest! I can’t get over that wire!” After some persuasion she decided to go under the bottom wire, bless her, there she was Commando style on her tummy wriggling through sodden earth- Tough Mudder had nothing on her, she was a real trooper. Star I had captured the scene on his phone for prosperity and for YouTube no doubt. While the Immaculate Sister in –Law explained that Hampshire mud was easily removed on a boil wash, I glanced down at the shoes of Star II that were indistinguishable from the mud around and all over him. “Those aren’t your new Russell and Bromley boots are they?” “Yeah Mum, they’re great! I really love walking now!” I felt the urge for more Prosecco and a lie down….. Sandra Pagan.

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The girl looks through the window of the hide toward the Ferry Pool. “I can see something….a Mini, a Landrover, a bus! I wanted to see birds, not cars!” I have to agree. I’ve taken a detour to Pagham Harbour on my way home from the Sussex coast. Apparently this is one of the best places to see wintering birds in Southern Britain. Unfortunately, on this side of the harbour the view is interrupted by a steady stream of traffic. I take the footpath along the west side of the harbour instead. Up to 20,000 migrating waterfowl spend winter at the nature reserve, feeding on 1500 acres of saltmarsh, lagoons, and shingle, bordered by fields and woodland. The harbour is tidal, and the retreating water reveals squelchy mud flats offering a buffet of snails, algae and worms to hungry wading birds. So far I’ve seen a huddle of pintail ducks, preening their long, elegant tail feathers, but little else. A solitary plover runs across the boggy ground, stopping abruptly at a blackened spar of timber, half submerged like the mast of an ancient shipwreck. Perhaps I’m looking in the wrong place. A robin stares at me from the hedgerow, and despite my thick coat and hat, I shiver in the Arctic wind. Black clouds loom like juggernauts on the horizon and I decide to try my luck in the opposite direction. It’s a relief to feel the sun on my face as I retrace my steps and press on. The narrow path is elevated on a dyke, separating meadowland from saltmarsh, winding past Sidlesham Quay towards the North Wall. There


are more people now; a family with small children, a pair of elderly ladies with a pack of tiny terriers, and several earnest men with long-lensed cameras and binoculars. I must be on the right track. It’s warmer too in this sheltered spot, the black clouds have blown away. I stop to look at the map. I’m somewhere between Owl Point and Owl Copse, although I’d be lucky to see one in daylight. In the distance across the mud flats, the tiny thatched Salthouse squats between harbour and farmland. Ponies graze in a neighbouring field, close enough for me to see that a Shetland has raised its head as if waiting for something. What has it heard? I strain to listen above the chatter of songbirds and the rustle of the breeze in the reed beds. Then I hear it; the hum of a hundred voices as a flock of geese approaches. Tiny at first, the birds look like ants against the pale blue sky, but their strong wings carry them quickly over the harbour towards me. They descend to a few metres above my head; their dark, robust bodies ploughing through the air in a tight V-formation.They are Brent geese, no bigger than a mallard duck, with a shorter neck and bill than other species. Small maybe, but fast! Flashes of white gleam on their necks as the birds manoeuvre into position, calling to each constantly as they spiral over the reeds to land in a field of winter crops - a nuisance for the farmer, no doubt. But the geese will be gone soon, heading back to Siberia and reaching the Arctic by June, where they’ll have two snowfree months in which to breed. I leave the geese to fortify themselves for their long journey, and go in search of coffee before I resume mine.

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bsolute Healthcare in Four Marks asks; “What’s not to love about care work?” As our population ages, demand for care workers has never been higher, and despite an often bad press, social care is a really rewarding career pathway. Sophie Eagle, who joined Absolute Healthcare from her Health & Social Care Diploma at college, wanted to share how she feels about the work, in the hope of encouraging more young people into the profession: What attracted you to becoming a care worker? I think I have always known that I've wanted to help people in some way. When I left college after doing my diploma I wanted to gain useful experiences, and I knew getting straight into work would give me the skills I needed to develop myself and also hopefully give me more of an idea about what I did and didn't enjoy. I also wanted to gain more confidence, so becoming a care worker seemed to be a great opportunity to do so.

has met and worked with one another. I also think it's easier to approach management with any queries or issues when you have a smaller team. Often with large companies you don't feel you are in a position to go into the office, but because our manager Louise is hands on and delivers the care herself as well, it makes it easier to discuss things with her because she understands where you are coming from. I don't think you would have that sort of relationship in a larger company. What words of encouragement would you use for someone considering a career in care? I would say go for it! It’s very rewarding and it's a very sociable job too! Don't worry if you haven't had much experience either because you get to shadow carers until you are confident enough to deliver the care on your own. If you want to help and support people, then I think you should try it. There are so many different aspects of care to. I think it's easy to assume you only care for elderly people. My job involves a whole range of age groups, different lengths of visits, and caring for people with different needs, there is so much variation and you continue to learn as you go along, I’m sure I will be in this line of work for a very long time! Is there a client that you've met in your time as a carer, who will always stick with you? You meet lots of different characters and are always meeting new people! One client I particular I see maybe once or twice a month, just for two hours a day so her husband can have respite, as he cares for her. It's always an interesting visit, you get to listen to her stories and I think she enjoys having the company and someone to talk to! Sometimes we go out, or I will paint her nails, often she asks me for advice with working her phone and I help her to understand it a bit better! It’s an enjoyable visit and she is always so pleased to see you. p F fu op rom ll 2 in 4 h vis a ou it t rc o are

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hat is it? How does it work? Is it for my organisation? Everyone knows what massage is, but do you know what On-Site Massage is, or as it is also known, Seated Acupressure Massage? Very simply, it is a 20 minute massage, given through the clothes, to a client who is seated. The session is usually given at the client’s workplace or “On Site”. The concept of On Site Massage (OSM) was born in the United States in 1984. An enterprising individual, David Palmer, began giving clothed 15-minute treatments of the back, neck and shoulders to employees at Apple Computers in Silicon Valley. Such was the success of this venture that he went on to design a special folding, portable, massage chair for these sessions. The chair enabled a better, and far more effective, treatment to be given by providing total, comfortable support for the client. OSM first appeared in the UK in 1989. So why has OSM travelled so far so fast? There are several reasons, but first and foremost – it works! The renowned health promoting, stress relieving and enjoyable benefits of massage have been known to Professional Bodyworkers for many years. Now hundreds of thousands of people are being given the opportunity to experience the treatment for themselves. The massage sequence itself is based on a traditional form of Japanese massage called ANMA, which literally means “press and rub”. The sequence works to improve the flow of energy throughout the body and acts, additionally, on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Over 60 acupressure points are included, as well as specific trigger points. These are accessed by applying thumb and elbow pressure to the specific points. The sequence (called a KATA, which is a self-contained, choreographed, highly studied and effective series of movements) takes about 20 minutes. It is a revitalising, rebalancing and tonifying treatment which promotes a sense of well-being – tense muscles relax, blood circulation is increased, the organs of the body are tonified. It is not primarily a corrective treatment but more of a “tune up”. Whilst OSM in the workplace has received the most attention, it is also effectively being marketed in hair salons, fitness centres, hotels, nursing homes, conventions, tourist locations, airports, shopping centres and even on the beach – there is virtually no limit to the versatility of the OSM business. The advantages of On-Site Massage in the Workplace are several: · It demonstrates the employers’ active commitment to the


well-being of its employees. · There is no capital investment to initiate or maintain. · Employees are revitalised in only 20 minutes leaving them refreshed and alert. · It requires little motivation for employees to participate, as OSM is enjoyable as well as therapeutic. · No effort required – no classes to attend, nothing to learn, practice or accomplish. · It produces results in minutes, not days, weeks or months. · It is a unique form of stress management as it requires no expenditure of energy, no self-discipline or effort. You simply relax and let the Practitioner do all the work. There are a number of reasons why individuals will not approach a Massage Practitioner. These include reservations about removing some of their clothes, the possibility of an unwelcome touch by an unknown individual, going to a strange location, the cost and also the time commitment involved. Some people additionally do not like the idea of oils or lotions. OSM addresses all of these issues. It presents massage to the client, on their terms, in their environment. OSM is extremely popular with nearly all employees, resulting in a very high participation rate. Compare this to other ‘reward’ methods such as gym membership which are utilised by a relatively small percentage of the workforce. The value of £s spent on this unique service is immediately seen and felt by both the company and its employees. If you would like to know more about how On-Site Massage can be included in your organisation, or if you would like to experience it as an individual, please give me a call. For more information please contact: Caroline Bonney - 07769 745103



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o spend even a small amount of time with the effervescent Melanie is inspiring. Her creativity is seemingly endless with ideas flying, ricocheting all around.

Having been a London person too I ask her what drew her to Hampshire, she answers simply, “Marriage”. And her favourite place here? “Would have to be the field near Bradley where Blissfields is held.” How did the festival start? Melanie laughs,“Well we thought we would have a party in the garden for a few friends and my Paul, my husband suggested we should have some live music. It was such a success that it became an annual event and soon outgrew our garden. So since 2001, Blissfields has relocated to a field at Vicarage Farm Woodmancott, owned by friends, and has grown into an annual event - recognized as one of the most important boutique festivals in the calendar - attracting around six thousand people over the three-day festival. It’s turned into a full time occupation for us but we have a fantastic event

management company now called Sundogs production. Actually the team is in top notch condition and I'm so proud of them especially this year.” With current ticket sales booming, Melanie is expecting an even larger crowd this year, not surprisingly with such an impressive musical line up, which will please Marstons who run the popular beer festival at the weekend and also the Born Free Foundation, the charity partner. “It's great to be inviting Dizzee Rascal and Everything Everything to headline this year which is so exciting and a testimony to the brilliant reputation of Blissfields as an excellent festival to be involved with. We pride ourselves in showcasing new talent too with over a hundred acts. We are definitely on the map and seen as a serious contender by the Music Press.” Music is not the only reason people flock to Blissfields. “People come because Blissfields is such a vibrant festival. Not too large it has become a rite of passage for local college graduates, often their first festival with theirs friends. Revelers can camp for the weekend or a limited number attend for the day to experience a diversity of music across seven stages.There’s so much to try with crafts, workshops, yoga, hot tubs and loads of stalls along with varied non-music entertainment. I want people to be enchanted and energized by what they see and hear at the festival. This year Blissfields has a “House Party” theme, visually it’s going to be amazing but I can’t tell you any more than that!



It’s important to me that people get something beautiful, new and unexpected every year. With tickets selling faster than ever this year and heading for a sell out we seem to have struck the right chord.” What inspires Melanie? “Energy – art, music, successful team work anything with making something beautiful. Blissfields celebrates diversity which keeps the festival fresh, people come back year after year never sure what they will see and hear.” Does Melanie play? “I play guitar and sing, I’m in a nine piece Ska covers band called ‘One Step Too Late’ and we will be performing at Blissfields. It’s very energetic music so I get to sing and leap around all over the place!” So how does she maintain her lust for life and enthusiasm for the creative arts? “I couldn’t live without family, friends, music and art which is exactly what Blissfields is all about. But I also believe you shouldn’t be afraid to try something new every week to keep it fresh, keep it moving. Even if it’s something really challenging it will more than likely work out in the end.” Who would be in Melanie’s dream line up for Blissfields? “Oh so many! It would have to be Prince, Massive Attack, Basement Jax, The Doors, The Clash and Bowie.”

What next for Melanie Bliss? “Blissfields! 30th June, 1st and 2nd of July. Actually before that our band will be playing at Rookwood Festival, a charity event in Four Marks we warmly support. I’ll continue to develop the ‘Art of Bliss’ that will be incorporated into this year’s festival. I'm passionate about my newly formed art team already and we set sail with the first projects tomorrow” Be sure to make Blissfields part of your celebration of summer. GG. For more information and tickets: Facebook Blissfield’s 2016 35



is plenty to see at both sites, and a lovely garden at the Gallery. Regular exhibitions and events are held for adults and children. TALKS IN THE GALLERY The Hampshire Cultural Trust puts on Thursday evening talks in most months. The Gallery’s talks are very popular. Keep an eye on the website or phone the Museum and get your tickets early if you are interested in a particular talk. On Thursday 14th April, Chris Webb’s talk is entitled National Trust Warden – Time Travel through East Hampshire. 7.30 start. This talk is FREE, as it follows the Friends of the Curtis Museum monthly meeting. All welcome. The Allen Gallery Garden: A Secret Garden through the Seasons by Ruth Biddiss is on Thursday 28th April. For those of you who have not yet discovered the Garden, it is a delightful haven, and a good place for tea and cake when the weather is suitable. Tickets £5, to include light refreshments. 7.30 start.


Bramdean House, Bramdean Beautiful 5-acre plantsman’s garden on chalk. Carpets of bulbs in spring. A large and unususal collection of plants and shrubs giving yr-round interest. 2pm – 4.30pm. Adm £5. Plants for sale. Teas. SUNDAY APRIL 10

Upham Farm, Upham Established 1½-acre garden with mature trees and shrubs. Features include a new woodland garden and an exciting extension to the wild-flower meadow with mass plantings of ornamental grasses leading down to a lake. 2pm – 4pm. Adm £3.50. Plants for sale, teas. SATURDAY & SUNDAY APRIL 16 & 17

'Selborne', Caker Lane, East Worldham, Alton Half-acre mature garden with 50 yr old orchard of named varieties. Mixed, densely planted borders contain hardy geraniums, other herbaceous plants, shrubs and climbers. 2pm - 5pm. Adm £3.50. Plants for sale. Teas. SUNDAY APRIL 24

Rotherfield Park, East Tisted, Alton Take some ancient ingredients: ice house, ha-ha, lime avenue; add a walled garden, fruit and vegetables, trees and hedges; set this 12-acre plot in an early C19 park (picnic here from noon). 2pm – 5pm. Adm £5. Plants for sale, teas. FRIDAY & SATURDAY APRIL 29 & 30

Bluebell Wood, Bavins, New Odiham Road, Alton Unique 100 acre ancient bluebell woodland. If you are a keen walker you will have much to explore on the long meandering paths and rides dotted with secluded seats. Adm £5. 11am – 4pm. Plants for sale, light refreshments.



he Curtis Museum on Crown Hill, Alton and the associated Allen Gallery in Church Street are now run under the aegis of the Hampshire Cultural Trust, a charitable body, with the help of a team of volunteers. There


Mrs. West’s Hats Thursday 26th May, 7:30pm Ahead of her exhibition with the same title - in the Allen Gallery throughout June - Helen Couchman, a talented professional photographer, examines what her grandmother’s collection of over 60 hats tells us about fashion and life in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. £5. Plant Sale Saturday 21st May, 11:00am to 3:30pm A wide selection of plants for sale in the Gallery garden. FREE EXHIBITIONS IN THE GALLERY Jane Austen Walks Mobile App 4 – 26 May in the café. A collaborative project between Alton College and EDGE. FREE. The Vanda Painters: Portraits & Landscapes 4 – 29 May An exhibition by Dean Bird and Nick Bell. FREE. Family Workshop - Jane Austen Tuesday 31st May Join us for a Jane Austen themed family workshop in the delightful surroundings of the Allen Gallery. Check our website for further details about the workshop, including times and cost. Pre-booking essential, limited places available. Children must be accompanied by an adult. IN THE MUSEUM Still on the theme of Hats (see Mrs West’s Hats), the Museum is holding a History through Hats series of activities on 1st June, 2nd August and 16th Augus: 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm. Join us for this fun drop-in activity for all the family. Try on lots of hats from the past; see what people would have worn and how they changed. Then take a photograph to remember your day! Hat themed craft activity packs can also be purchased. Suitable for all the family but children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: £2 per craft activity pack . More details on these events will be available nearer the time. Ring the Museum on 01420 82802, or visit


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The Curry will be Bunny Chow which is South Africa’s most popular fast food. It originates from Durban where there is a big Indian population. Essentially it's curry served in bread that’s been hollowed out. The bread acts as a vessel to carry the curry. The bread then tastes amazing after with all the lovely curry juices soaked in. It’s the perfect dish for a beer festival! The cooking is being done by O’Hagans Sausages. There will be 50 beers and ciders on sale, many of them from around the county we will also have the centre's regular bar. The Saturday line up is the normal 2 session affair. The afternoon is a quiet session for the beer connoisseurs. Food during the day being provided by The Wickham centre & Saturday evening we welcome back The Meon Valley Lions and their famous BBQ. In the evening we have 2 bands The Great Sultans A refreshing 4 piece power quartet from Portsmouth, playing a variety of material from great acts such as: Primal Scream, Razorlight,White Stripes and many more. Not to be missed for an explosive live show featuring songs you’ll all know but don’t usually hear.


erry Witt, owner of Chocolate by Miss Witt, based in the New Forest has been asked to judge the prestigious Academy of Chocolate awards being held at Westminster Kingsway College. The judging panel includes chocolate experts and buyers, pastry chefs, food professionals and food journalists. Kerry was invited to judge after being recognised for her exceptional chocolate making skills at last year’s award where she scooped a bronze award for Best Filled Chocolate – Caramel. Kerry feels honoured to be invited: “I really can’t believe that I have been asked to judge the awards. They are so well-respected and it means a great deal to me to be asked to judge some of the world’s best chocolate. It’s a real compliment to my palette!” Kerry’s own chocolates are made using a unique ganache incorporating specialist chocolate and Hildon Water rather than any milk or cream. This results in clear and light chocolate with an exceptional texture and flavour. Kerry also incorporates fruity flavours into her chocolates using locally sourced and made Naked Jam. The beautifully packaged chocolates are available to buy from The Forage Deli in Lyndhurst and Maison Cuisine in Lymington. You can also buy Kerry’s chocolates from the maker herself every Saturday at Lymington Market.



he Wickham Charity Beer Festival has (since its humble beginnings back in Sept 2008) managed to raise more than £90,000 for local good causes. This Spring event has been expanded to a 2 day event, the Friday evening we will be holding a Beer Blues & Curry night with music by The Pete Harris R&B All Stars. The All Stars perform a blend of Uptown Blues (BB King style) and old-school R&B, with a hint of Soul and Rock and Roll. In this line up Pete, Bob and Steve are joined by keyboard wizard Ray Drury and saxophone ace Paul Tasker.


Followed by The Jack Rabbit Party Band. Jack Rabbit are a 5 piece band who perform a vast but eclectic blend of timeless pop and rock covers, performed to the highest standard. A band with soaring harmonies, exquisite guitar playing and the tightest of rhythm sections fronted by cool, charismatic, male and female vocalists. Jack Rabbit are sure to keep people dancing all night long. The guys and gal have extensive experience in the music industry having supported the likes of The Thrills, Maybe Winehouse and The Hoosiers to name but a few, quickly establishing themselves as one of the south coast’s premier party bands and it’s not difficult to see why with a growing list of clients and venues extending to guildhalls, ships, night clubs and student unions. The band has a wide-ranging repertoire covering the last 70 years of popular music, everything from The Beatles to Bruno Mars, Queen to Blondie, with a little bit of Journey and Bon Jovi in between. This festival we will be Supporting a variety of local charities: Fit for Felix, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Autism Hampshire, Bishops Waltham Citizens Advice Bureau & Wickham Community Association. This is a real community event with many of the 50 beers and ciders, from around the county being sponsored by local businesses. Bowman Ales from Droxford is our main sponsor who kindly supply the Festival Glasses which are yours to take home after the event. If you would like to become a sponsor or know of a local Charity which you would like to be considered please contact us via Wickham Charity Beer Festival will be open 8th & 9th April: Friday Evening Session - 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Ticket price £10.00 (including a Curry). Saturday Afternoon Session -11:00 am to 4:00 pm Ticket price£4.00 Saturday Evening Session - 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Ticket price £8.00 All Day Session - 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Ticket price £10.00. Note - The Bar & Main Hall will be closed between 4pm- 6pm, toilets & seating will be available in another room in The Wickham Centre. Wickham Charity Beer Festivals are very popular, so to avoid disappointment it is advisable to buy your tickets in advance. Tickets available online & at The Wickham Centre. This biannual event is organised by volunteers Dave Martin, Mike Betts and Ash Wilson along with many others on the day itself. For more information and tickets please go to our website www.

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The month-long celebration of local food and drink is coordinated by Hampshire Fare, the county’s local food group. Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, explains more: “The Hampshire Food Festival is about celebrating the array of local food and drink reared, grown and made here in Hampshire. It is the only festival of its kind in the country with over 75 events stretching across 31 days! We’re really keen to hear from venues, producers and organisations who haven’t taken part in the festival before. We love adding new events and ideas each year and would really love to hear from any enthusiastic people out there who are committed to growing, serving or selling local produce.” Sue Rockhill from Hampshire Jam and Chutney Company runs Jamming Sessions as part of the Hampshire Food Festival: “We really enjoy being part of the Hampshire Food Festival, we met lots of keen jam makers and had plenty of fun creating delicious flavours.The festival has such a far reach in terms of promotion and appeal it’s an invaluable way to raise awareness of our brand.We will definitely be involved again this year.” More information about the Hampshire Food Festival can be found at Anyone interested in taking part in the festival should make contact with the Hampshire Fare team before Monday 21st March. Email or call 02380 733830.

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very July more than 75 food and farming related events take place across the county as part of the Hampshire Food Festival. The focus is always on locally produced food and drink and involves the producers themselves as well as the shops, hotels and restaurants that sell Hampshire produce. From touring vineyards and farms to cookery theatres, pop-up dinners, family fun days and artisan markets there is something for all budgets and ages. The festival is a chance to explore the food made here in Hampshire and for local businesses to promote their products and services.





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pring is my favourite time of year. The long, wet winter is retreating, the sun is rising, and hope is in the air. Most importantly, however, this is the climax of the beer festival season. We are blessed in Hampshire with a plethora of excellent brews, and I have selected my favourites, along with their ideal food companions.


aving enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the quintessential village of Droxford when thirteen individual shops were in existence, fast forward to the present day. You will now find only a stones throw from Christina’s former family home the picture postcard village square where Christina’s shop is situated offering tempting and creatively displayed delights. As you push open the door (a handrail for older customers) your senses are immediately aroused by the enticing and evocative smells that greet you from the freshly baked breads, cakes and biscuits that are on display. All of the above are lovingly produced by Christina in her kitchen along with jam’s, chutneys and preserves that are complemented by delicious treats from across the channel that might include imaginatively packaged fish products, foie gras and naturally dyed pasta. Once spring is upon us it is Christina's intention to have tables and chairs with the offering of freshly brewed coffee and tea’s outside (weather dependant), paired with a choice of light snacks that may include soup, sharing boards and a selection of local cheese. Christina and her husband Nicholas (chef), both former restaurateurs, are also available to cater for your wedding, dinner party, birthday, food drop and an array of dishes for your freezer. Opening Times: Friday & Sunday: 12-4pm, Saturday: 10-4pm Tel: 01489 877172


Ringwood produces a fabulous golden craft beer called Mauler, which comes into season in March. With crisp bitterness on the tongue and a satisfying, refreshing finish this bottle is a perfect for shaking off the winter cobwebs. It goes spectacularly with a rack of barbeque ribs so if, like me, you’ve been behaving yourself in and getting into shape, this is a terrific and rewarding indulgence. Oakwood has several superstars in it stable, which can mean that their IPA is unfairly overlooked.The classic start is dry and bitter, but once on the palate the flavour swells and delivers some fascinating Christmas marmalade and anise notes. This IPA is a versatile food beer, as the bitterness helps cool the palate for spice, or will amplify salt and umami flavours. In addition, the caramel aspects will latch onto the sweeter side of a dish; heaven with caramelized onion or the crispy skins of roast poultry. My favourite local beer comes from Dancing Man: the dark, opaque & complex Last Waltz. Named for the doomed musicians of the Titanic, this moreish black IPA gives liquorice and fruit on the nose, then explodes with roasted malt and tropical fruit on the palate. The big flavours are kept in check with clean citruses and pines. An American friend suggested grilled ‘shrimp’ with this flavour profile. I thought the prawns struggled a little to hold their own here, though others have applauded the choice. I prefer a swaggering, aged Gouda, ideally with a little crunchy crystallisation to tease the fruit. Of course, you cannot beat first-hand experience, so I would always recommend that you get out and enjoy the peerless breweries and festivals on our doorstep. As the social season kicks off in May we will return to wine, and find some sublime picnic accompaniments.

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roadstreet Restaurant is located within Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club and is open to all. With a rustic modern setting, views of the glorious Hampshire Countryside and attentive first class service this really is a delightful dining experience.

Traditional Sunday Lunch is served between 12.30pm and 4pm and is available from just £9.95. Children aged 5 – 12 receive their meal half price and children under 5 are free! This truly is the perfect way to finish your week.

Executive Head Chef Paul Watts and his highly talented team have created an exquisite a la a carte menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients and includes Crispy Pork Belly, Barbary Duck and Salted Chocolate Brownie – sounds delicious doesn’t it?

Broadstreet Restaurant is the perfect venue to sit back, relax and enjoy delicious food. Booking is advisable in advance by calling 01329 836 826 or book online at MarriottMeonValley. Get together with a group of friends and enjoy Afternoon Tea with free flowing bubbly. Available Friday – Sunday from 12pm – 5pm for just £20 per person. Free flowing bubby and cakes with friends… who can resist!


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